Priv.-Doz. Dr. Silke Britzen
Very Long Baseline Interferometry VLBI Group
Max Planck Institut für Radioastronomie
e-mail: sbritzen @ mpifr.de
As Project Leader (chair) of the COST Action MP0905 I was leading an international team of scientists interested in finding out more about the general phenomenon of Black Holes. In a cross- and multi-disciplinary approach we brought together experts from all Black Hole mass scales (Quantum to supermassive), observers, theoreticians and particle physicists.
Please find out more about this Action which ended in June 2014 here.
Active supermassive Black Holes and their jets - that's my field of research. In partciular, I am searching for pairs that might merge in the future and emit gravitational waves.
Some active Black Holes and their stories:
For PhD-projects please check here.
SFB956: Conditions and Impact of Star Formation -
Astrophysics, Instrumentation and Laboratory Research
we study star formation in the vicinity of active Black Holes. The idea is to understand better
what kind of mechanism triggers star formation but also the activity of a Black Hole. How is matter transported towards the inner regions of an Active Galactic Nucleus and how do feedback processes influence this very special environment?
Please find out more about this Sonderforschungsbereich here.
From February 28 to March 22, 2015 we organized an interdisciplinary exhibition with artists and scientists expressing their view on the topic of stars. Almost 700 visitiors saw the exposures and participated in vernissage, popular science talks, concerts, and the finissage.
Lectures at Ruprecht-Karls-Universität, Heidelberg
Ungelöste Probleme der Astrophysik
Freitag, 14tägl., 14;00-16:30, Philos.-weg 12 / Großer Hörsaal
Die Vorlesung richtet sich an Studenten aller Semester und alle Interessierten. Ich informiere über die spannendsten aktuellen Fragestellungen (z.Bsp. Schwarze Löcher, Dunkle Energie, Gravitationswellen, etc.) und gebe einen Überblick über laufende und geplante Forschungsprojekte.